EuroSDR/AGILE 2023 Workshop | How can GI science advance the value of city-level and nationwide Digital Twins?

13 June 2023 (Delft, Netherlands)

Update: this workshop has passed; you can find the presentations linked below

Date:  Tuesday 13th June 2023, 09:00 - 12:30

Location:  Delft, The Netherlands

Conference:  AGILE 2023 -


Digital Twins (DT) are realistic digital representations of physical things with two-way flow of information from the physical to the model and back : one way is a refinement of the digital representation, back is the triggering of real impacts on the depicted reality. DTs underpin areas ranging from urban administration to telecommunications and contribute to local and national Net Zero initiatives. Within the geoscience community, DT concepts are not new; indeed, the location foundations of a DT may seem obvious. However - perhaps due to DT origins in manufacturing - there is as yet a lack of common understanding as to:

1. How geoscientists can best support, engage with and benefit from the increasing number of city-wide and national DT initiatives

2. What geoscientists can learn from the DT community

The overall objective of the workshop is to better understand how GI Science can enhance City and National DT and to identify and start to address associated scientific challenges. The workshop will consist of a mixture of short talks around this theme and a break out session to allow for more in-depth discussion relating to specific aspects of the topic that have already been identified as key challenges, such as engineering the two way digital-physical connection for a DT and more.


09:00 - 09:10  Welcome and Introductions

09:10 - 09:30 Keynote 1: Bart de Lathouwer, City of Rotterdam, "The (difficult) Digital Transformation of the Digital Twin (DT²)

09:30 - 09:40   Short Talk 1 - Jantien Stoter - GI Science Challenges for Digital Twins

09:40 - 09:50   Short Talk 2 - Bénédicte Bucher - Data Quality for Digital Twins

09:50 - 10:00   Short Talk 3 - Per-Ola Olsson - Standards for Digital Twins

10:00 - 10:10   Short Talk 4 - Claire Ellul - Data Engineering for Digital Twins

10:10 - 10:20  Short Talk 5 - Cancelled

10:20 - 10:40  Keynote 2: Pr. Roland Billen, University of Liège, "City and National DT initiatives: triggers or dead ends?

10:40 - 11:00   Coffee and Networking

11:00 - 11:10   Introduction to break out session

11:10 - 11:50  Break out session

11:50 - 12:20  Feedback from break out session

12:20 - 12:30  Wrap up 

How to Participate:

We’re keen to hear from a wide range of people so if you:
● think DT are going to be the next biggest thing for geo, or
● think DTs are hype, or
● don’t know anything about DT and want to learn, or
● know about DT but not about location data

- come and join us!

To participate, you need to register for the AGILE 2023 conference: (select Conference > Register Now and when prompted select the Digital Twins workshop)

Fees for attending the AGILE workshops are the following for AGILE respectively non-AGILE members:

Workshops Only:    €130    €190

Workshops with conference ticket:    €75     €100

Workshop Conveners:

      Dr Bénédicte Bucher, IGN, France

      Professor Joep Crompvoets, KU Leuven, Belgium

      Dr Claire Ellul, University College London, United Kingdom

      Dr Per-Ola Olsson, Lund University, Sweden

      Professor Jantien Stoter, TU Delft/Kadaster, The Netherlands